Bearcat Men's Basketball Team Announces 2009 Newcomers

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University men’s basketball will have a different look at the start of the 2009-10 season. Long time head coach Gordie James retired and has been replaced by Kip Ioane on the sidelines. Ioane was an assistant for the Bearcats for eight seasons before taking over. In addition to Ioane, the Bearcats will welcome seven new players to the squad.

“We are excited to welcome this group of newcomers and look forward to continuing the development of these young men,” said Ioane.

Meet the Willamette Newcomers:

Leo Abello - 5’11", Point Guard (Anchorage, AK/East Anchorage HS)

Abello was a standout performer the past two seasons on the East Anchorage squad that lost in the Cook Inlet Conference semifinals in 2009.

"Leo is a guy we’ve been impressed with since the time he was a Pro Classic camper years ago," Ioane said. "He can shoot from range and get in gaps to create offense for himself and those around him."

Trevor Bos - 5’11", Point Guard/Shooting Guard (Bellflower, CA/St. John Bosco HS)

Bos led St. John Bosco in scoring at just under 12 points per game, while shooting 46% from behind the 3-point line. He shot 95% from the free throw line and was voted First Team All-Trinity Conference and Second Team All-California Interscholastic Federation.

"Trevor has the ability to play both the 'one' and the 'two' in our offense, and brings an aggressive mentality to each position. We are excited to add a person of his character and ability to our program!," Ioane said.

Brandon Cottle - 6’4", Forward (Aptos, CA/Robert L. Stevenson HS)

Cottle averaged 10.0 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game for Stevenson High School in California this past season as his team went 19-9 overall.

"Brandon fills an immediate need for us as a young big man with a versatile skill set," Ioane said. "We look forward to developing his game. He should benefit from battling Cameron Mitchell (Sr., Post, Portland, OR/Grant HS/Univ. of Redlands) every day in practice."

Oliver Hughes - 6’1", Shooting Guard (Salt Lake City, UT/Judge Memorial HS)

Hughes was statistically one of the leading 3-point shooters in the state of Utah the past two seasons.

"Oliver’s ability to stretch defenses with his shooting ability, as well as his growth in our system will be vital to our team this year," Ioane said. "We feel we have added yet another quality person and player in Mr. Hughes."

Terrell Malley - 5’11", Point Guard (Portland, OR/Roosevelt HS)

Malley was a Second Team ALL-Portland Interscholastic League selection for basketball, as well as a First Team ALL-PIL selection as a football player, this past year.

"Like Scott Schoettgen (So., Wing, Columbia, CA/Sonora HS) and Cody Pastorino (Fr., PG, Glenn, CA/Willows HS), we will have to wait for Terrell’s services until after football season," Ioane said. "However, his play in the PIL and his ability to beat people off the bounce make him a guy we are excited about immediately."

Ryan Meehan - 6’2", Shooting Guard (Beaverton, OR/Montana State University-Billings)

Meehan was an All-Metro League standout at Beaverton High School. He is transferring to WU from MSU-Billings in NCAA Division II.

"Ryan has the ability to be an impact performer for us from day one," Ioane said. Not only is he coming from a DII program, but after prepping in the Metro Conference and enjoying the success he did, we are excited about what he brings to the table."

Cody Pastorino- 5’11", Point Guard (Glenn, CA/Willows HS)

Pastorino was a standout on his football and basketball squads. He will play both sports at Willamette.

"Once Cody joins us, his quickness and aggressiveness should pay immediate dividends for our system. He will push for playing time right away," Ioane said.

Willamette, an NCAA Division III member, does not sign players to letters-of-intent or offer athletic-related financial aid. The seven players have all confirmed their admission to Willamette and are enrolled for the fall semester.

The Willamette men's basketball team will have seven new players in 2009-10.

The Willamette men's basketball team will have seven new players in 2009-10.